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Oratorio di San Giovanni Battista

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Address: Via Federico Barocci 31, 61029 Urbino, Italy
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Unexpected treasure of frescoes

We were in Urbino for the day, and had completed our tour of the Ducal Palace. We went to the Oratorio on the way out of town, and delighted in the narrow stone staircase of a... read more

Reviewed 29 October 2016
Madison, Connecticut
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Madison, Connecticut
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15 reviews
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Reviewed 29 October 2016

We were in Urbino for the day, and had completed our tour of the Ducal Palace. We went to the Oratorio on the way out of town, and delighted in the narrow stone staircase of a street required to get there. The Oratorio is old, with a wonderful history, and the frescoes are amazing. Many thanks for having an English... More 

Thank Janmkct
Nantwich, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
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Reviewed 10 October 2016

The frescoes by the Salimbeni brothers of the Crucifixion and the life of John the Baptist have great charm and character. Notwithstanding the solemnity of the religious episodes and themes portrayed, they convey a wonderful sense of early fifteenth century life through their detailed observations of ordinary people. Wherever you look, you will find interesting details - children fighting, dogs... More 

Thank valnowell
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 September 2016

This oratory has a beautiful fresco cycle (1416) by the brothers Lorenzo and Jacopo Salimbeni, with a Madonna, a Crucifixion, and scenes from the life of John the Baptist. The information is good and it is quiet and tranquil. Slightly out of the way but well worth finding. Make sure you also visit the nearby San Guiseppe oratorio - the... More 

Thank annelainea
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

Lovely to see. There are 2 Oratorios at the top of the hill. One has a magnificent semi restored fresco and the other is in better repair with a very strange nativity that has to be seen.

Thank Chris T
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Reviewed 5 August 2016

Please do not judge this fabulous little church by its modern drab facade- inside you'll find the most vivid and fabulous frescos. The artists- the Salimbeni brothers- clearly also had a penchant for dogs- as there's a dog in nearly every scene........ we thought that was nice and quirky.

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Mechelen, Belgium
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Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

This was for me THE most beautiful thing to see in Urbino. These frescoes are so vivid, colorful and very detailled. It is small and a bit out of the way but certainly a must.

Thank Hans J
Hereford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 July 2016

The Oratorio is a beautiful of a building entirely frescoed with really high quality fourteenth century work by the Salimbeni brothers. It is also a meeting place for the Urbino Rotary club!

Thank Pinkertonx
Cantu, Italy
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Reviewed 14 June 2016

This is an impressive "Oratorio" with amazing frescoes. It is definitely worthy a visit. The frescoes provide a beautiful and very interesting picture, full of meanings. It is recommended a guided visit (preferably not very synthetic) or to carry a paper guide. The guard/officer of the museum is extremely competent and he is also happy to answer questions.

Thank Luca D
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 6 June 2016

I heard of this through the owner of the B&B where I stayed. What luck! It's an amazing place for anyone who enjoys early frescoes, created here by two brothers, Lorenzo and Jacopo Saltimbeni between 1415-18. The works are in amazing condition, bright and full of interesting details. The small chapel in which they cover practically the entire interior is... More 

Thank hokuros
Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
Reviewed 21 May 2016

We were advised to visit it, but it was full of tourists , we have not seen so many things . a bit expensive, but good for those of us who love the Italian art

Thank thomas m

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